Obama: SCOTUS Nominee Chance for GOP to 'Rise Above Venom & Rancor' in Washington

"The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now."

Tuesday, President Obama urged Senate Republicans to "rise above the venom and rancor in Washington" and follow the Constitution by not contesting his nominations for Supreme Court justice.

"The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now," Obama said during a press conference in California. "When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States is to nominate someone. The Senate is to consider that nomination, and either they disapprove of that nominee or that nominee is elevated to the Supreme Court."

The president continued by chiding Republicans for being "obstructionist" and promising to block candidates no matter how qualified they are:

Now part of the problem we have here is, we've almost gotten accustomed to how obstructionist the Senate's become when it comes to nominations. 

This is a measure of how, unfortunately, the venom and rancor in Washington has prevented us from getting basic work done. This would be a good moment to rise above that.

Obama explained that he has 14 nominees that are qualified for the position and said all have been approved by both parties on the Judiciary Committee.

And because the Court is now divided on so many issues, President Obama reminded that "this would be a deciding vote."

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"We've almost gotten accustomed to how obstructionist the Senate has become when it comes to nominations." President Barack Obama renewed his commitment to appointing a "well-qualified" candidate to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Scalia's seat, pointing the finger at the Republican Senate saying "Every nomination is blocked, no matter how qualified the person is." Do you think Congress should approve Obama's nomination?

Posted by Fox Business on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

 

 

 

“I understand the stakes. I understand the pressure that Republican senators are undoubtedly under… The issue here is that the Court is now divided on many issues. This would be a deciding vote.” Moments ago, President Barack Obama confirmed his plan to move forward with a Supreme Court nominee following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. http://bit.ly/20Cpe3X

Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

 

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